What people group will we be working with?
We will be working with an indigenous people group in western Honduras called the Lenca.
What are the roads like in Honduras?
Fun! The entire trip from San Pedro Sula to Gracias is uphill through the mountains. The mission teams will be traveling on dirt roads from Gracias into the mountains. The roads are narrow with the occasional cow, horse, chicken, dog, and pedestrian. During the rainy season, the roads in the mountains can become muddy. During the dry season, the roads in the mountains are dusty.
What is the weather like in Honduras?
There are two seasons in Honduras: the dry season and the rainy season. The average temperature in Gracias is between 75-85 degrees during the day. At night, the temperatures are in the mid 60’s. During the rainy season, it rains at night and sometimes during the day.
What is the currency in Honduras?
The currency is called Lempiras. The exchange rate varies each month. Currently, it is 22.5L for every $1. But again, it changes each month, so be sure to ask us what it is when you come.
What type of food will we eat in Honduras?
Honduras offers a variety of foods. One of the most popular meals is called comida típica. Típica is beans, eggs, fried plantains, avocado, mantequilla (a cross between sour cream and butter), and a white cheese. Another popular dish is baleadas. Baleadeas are flour tortillas, beans, mantequilla, and cheese. The restaurant caters to mission teams so most meals will consist of chicken, pork, or beef, and rice, vegetables, and/or potatoes. The kitchen staff at Hotel Finca El Capitan works hard to prepare good food for the mission teams!
What airport do mission teams fly to?
Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula.
How far is Gracias, Lempira from San Pedro Sula?
About 190 Kilometers or about 4 hours.
Where is the best place to spend the night in San Pedro Sula if we need to?
Metrotel Express http://metrotelexpress.com/
What is Gracias, Lempira like?
Gracias is a small city of about 25,000 people. Gracias was once the capital of all Central America. It sits in a valley below the National Park called Celaque. Celaque means box of 7 rivers, which means all the rivers in Honduras begin at Celaque.
What time zone is Gracias, Lempira in?
Central Standard Time Zone
What is the name of the hotel we will be staying at in Gracias?
Hotel Finca El Capitan http://hotelfincaelcapitan.blogspot.com
Will we be traveling far from Gracias on our mission trip?
Mission teams will travel anywhere from 15 minutes to 4 hours from Gracias.
Is there running water, electricity, and Wi-Fi in Gracias?
Yes! Occasionally there are electricity outages, but for the majority of the time there is electricity. There is running water in Gracias, but it is not recommended that visitors drink the water. Mission teams will be able to purchase clean bottled water in Gracias though. At the hotel, there is also purified water, which can be used to fill up empty water bottles. There are several locations to get a Wi-Fi connection, including Hotel Finca El Capitan; however the connection is not always fast and when lots of people are using it, it may be unreliable.
What type of medical care is available in Gracias?
There is a public hospital and several private clinics in Gracias. The public hospital is not recommended except for emergencies. The main private clinic is called Clinica San Lucas. The clinic is within walking distance of Hotel Finca El Capitan. It is operated by the Luke Society and provides great care. There are also a number of Honduran doctors who are happy to assist people in their clinics. There are a number of medical facilities located in Santa Rosa de Copan, which is about 1 hour from Gracias.
Can we get medicine if we get sick?
Yes! There are a number of pharmacies in Gracias. We also have several contacts in Gracias who can help obtain medication that requires a prescription. It is recommended that you bring any prescription medicine that you currently take in their original bottle.
What vaccines do we need before coming to Honduras?
Each mission team should visit the CDC website to get the most up to date information on vaccines. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/honduras
Can we call the United States from Gracias?
Yes! Some teams contact their cell phone providers and pay for an international calling plan for the duration of their stay. If team members do not have an international calling plan, it is highly recommended to turn off your cell phones or put them on airplane mode. Most team members use Facetime and/or Skype for communication with family.
Do I need converters for my electronics?
No. All the electrical outlets are standard outlets.
Should we let the US Embassy know we are in Honduras?
Effective July 15, 2004, the State Department has established a Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). For more information visit the US Embassy website for Honduras. https://step.state.gov/step/
Can we give gifts?
As a general rule, we ask that groups always talk with the missionaries before handing out any type of gift to the Lenca people. Small gifts such as candy, Bibles, and spiritual guides are almost always ok. Please know we are not against being generous to the Lenca people; however, with every gift, a precedent is set for mission teams that follow. Gifts such as money, clothes, and other material items should always be discussed with the missionaries before given.
What Should I Bring?
Personal and Medical
If you take prescription medication, carry it in the original bottle in carry-on to minimize problems going through customs. Some visitors to Honduras experience mild intestinal discomfort, so bring an over-the-counter anti-diarrheal, such as Pepto-Bismol or Immodium, or ask your personal physician for a recommendation. To avoid germs, bring anti-bacterial gels or wipes. A travel size pack of toilet paper might also come in handy for the females as we travel to villages. Some visitors experience car sickness. We recommend those prone to car sickness to bring Dramamine. We are very close to the equator which means the sun is strong. We recommend you bring sunscreen and/ or a hat of some type. There are several pharmacies located in Gracias if you develop a cold or need other medication.
Dress conservatively. Pack clothes that are loose and comfortable. Leave behind jewelry and other expensive accessories. Pack the basics — socks, underwear, T-shirts, and jeans. Females, please do not wear shorts during the day unless at the hotel or the Hot Springs. Capris, knee-length skirts, and maxi skirts are OK. Also, the temperatures are a little chilly sometimes at dark so we recommend a long sleeve button down shirt or a pull over sweater. Pack comfortable shoes for hiking and walking. During the months of December and January, teams will need to bring a light jacket. During the months of February and April, temperatures are hot so pack accordingly. During the months of May and October, teams will need to pack for rainy conditions. Pack a swimsuit for the hotel or the Hot Springs.
Some team members are more comfortable if they bring their own Queen-size sheets for the hotel beds. The hotel will provide towels, but other toiletries such as deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, soaps, and shampoos are not provided. The plugs at the hotel are United States standard plugs. You do not need a converter for your electronics. The hotel has Wifi access if you want to bring your computer, laptop, or tablet.
Flashlight, camera, bug repellant, water bottle (this can be refilled here), candy and/or small toys for children.